Don’t use your energy to worry. Use your energy to believe.

Worrying is a colossal waste of time and energy. Yet each and every one of us do it through the course of a lifetime. 

It happens far more often than we are aware. Sometimes it is reflexive as in a tiny passing thought that comes and goes without notice… Like, you run a yellow light and for a brief second, you worry if an officer or traffic signal is recording you as going through a red light. The worry comes to mind and is gone almost as fast as it arrives. 

In contrast, some worries are ominous. Ask any Ukrainian right now what worries they are shouldering.

Belief is an entirely different beast. Belief is a word that carries many different layers of meaning, depending on culture, upbringing, religious persuasion and intellectual curiosity. 

If your definition of belief is based in a religious perspective, you may have an expectation of a divine intervention of sorts. If you are focused on belief in oneself, your thoughts may stem from an innate desire find all of your power internally. And if you are using belief as a magnetic force in the universe, as in the Law of Attraction, then your belief is used to draw probable solutions through common fields of energy and vibration. 

Regardless of your definition of belief, the act of believing is, in and of itself, a determined change of focus from worry. In that focused effort, your mind makes a conscious decision not to be a victim, and instead, to take determined action to tackle the matter at hand. In that decision comes the power play that today’s musing contemplates.

The mental energy expended on worrying is exhaustive, debilitating and overwhelmingly depressive. In the course of worrying, you enter a downward spiral of energy that depletes your core internal resources and leverages every last good thing within you for a cause that has zero pay off. The more you worry, the more you worry. It is a zero sum game.

In contrast, the more you believe, the more you are elevating your consciousness, expending energy towards a positive outcome, pursuing options that you might not have uncovered had you stayed in a state of exhaustive worry. In the elevated belief state, your mind is already contemplating the potential for new solutions, and your thinking process changes completely. 

Is the nagging worry still somewhere inside? Of course. But it no longer has the control of the brain. Belief does. In that belief comes your vision, creativity, personality, charm, charisma, determination, focus, and expressed desire to prevail. These tools are imperative to success and without them, you are going to stay in a downward spiral.

In watching the news and listening to the Ukrainians speak of their mindset, they are in a freedom or die philosophical perspective. They did not choose this situation, it was foisted upon them. In contrast they are fighting a Russian army that has been lied to on all fronts. The Russians are discovering that their weapons have had wire and other core resources stripped out of them during peace time and which render those weapons less potent than they might have otherwise been. They are hearing through external media that they are fighting an illegitimate war and losing heavy casualties, generals and their flagship of their Black Sea brigade as a direct result. Ukrainian belief is paying off in these circumstances.

In business, we are continually battling the case for our business to either thrive or fail. The onslaught of circumstances in or out of our control come at us in waves of events that cause us to reconsider on a regular basis if what we believe to be so, is true. Belief is our foundation. It is tantamount to our success because if we did not believe in ourselves, we would not have opted to own our own business. So when the going gets tough, we rally around our belief in the attempt to cause circumstances to continue to unfold in our favor. 

Worry attacks all of us. Entrepreneurs or otherwise. It is part of the human experience. I wake up to worry almost every single day. I battle my worry through self hypnosis called musings. I share those with you daily in the hope that one of them strikes the proper chord with any one of you and helps you get through an experience or chapter that has given you pause for concern. 

The next time your mind goes into worry mode, realize that you are not in the present, you are in the future, projecting an outcome that is not predetermined. Find the strength that Buddha spoke so eloquently of in saying… Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Then you are capable of summoning your greatest power and achieving your greatest potential.

Happy Wednesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!